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Issue 74January 2014
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Something Going On: Donna Film Festival
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New for 2014! Escape to Door County!
Each edition of Navigator News will have our picks on where to stay, eat, must see/do, chic shopping, something for arts lovers. We'll keep it fun and include our popular something to do story and Door County happenings too - so that you are "in the know before you go . . . and when you get there!"


So the 3 newsletter features look like this:

1) Escape to Door County with our fun picks, as     above!   
2) Something to Do!  We will always detail something fun and exciting to do in Door County!  
3) Door County Happenings!



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Escape to Door County!


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to   

Here are some of our picks this month for places to go, see and experience now or soon!  So do it and tell them sent you!


StayReynolds House, 111 S. Seventh Ave, Sturgeon Bay, offers three guest rooms and a private upper level suite in a 1900 house that has been renovated over the years and became a B&B in 1998. Enjoy original finishes and architectural features of this building including original maple floors, original light fixtures, leaded glass windows, oak woodwork, fret work and pretty oak fireplace in the living room. 


Breakfast, prepared by Heather Hull, your host and innkeeper, includes cold and hot courses.  Accommodations have private baths, cable television, DVD/VCR, air conditioning and windows in rooms.  


Specials vary from discounts on room rates to packages that include spa visits, tours in Door County and more.  Check out, for example, the Isn't it Romantic package and the Swedish Massage package.


Choose from rooms (named after apple varieties) that include the Granny Smith guest room, a spacious and bright room with a bay window. It's outfitted with a gas fireplace, which is original to the home. A focal point is the 19th-century oak sleigh bed.  One guest testimonial shares, "The details are amazing-starched, ironed sheets!  We feel so spoiled."


The Cortland guest room is adorned with a 19th-century chamfered bed and a Franklin stove.  The bathroom's highlights include an original claw foot tub and pedestal sink as well as a window affording abundant natural light.


The pretty Macintosh room has an adjoining spacious bathroom with a whirlpool tub surrounded by wainscoted walls. The room has exposed pine floors and a vintage oak chamfered bed.


On the upper level one finds the spacious Winesap suite, affording guests three rooms to enjoy.  The bedroom has Victorian oak furnishings and a queen-size bed, while the sitting room has a fireplace and peaked ceiling.  This spacious bathroom has a whirlpool tub and a vanity and chair.


The breakfast is all about casual elegance.  The innkeeper Heather, who has won awards for her culinary skills, presents cold and hot courses such as pear with raspberry sauce followed by blueberry French toast.  Heather has also come up with her own "101 things to do in Door County." On her list are fun activities, purchases and experiences such as "learn about egg tempera painting at the Miller Art Museum" and "climb Eagle Tower at Peninsula State Park."


Find the Reynolds House bed and breakfast and other places open year-round at Read our Trusted Review of Reynolds House.  


Eat:  Another option for dining in Door County is Cooper's Corner in Fish Creek.  This building was originally established in 1945 by Campbell and Crummell and locally known as the C&C Supper Club. The place was rebuilt just a couple years The Shallows Resort Banner ago, and is a real focal point in this intimate downtown area.  Traditional dinner favorites include the home-style chicken pot pie and the French onion braised meatloaf.  Hours this time of year are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday.


Must see/do: Check out beautiful sculptures being carved from blocks of ice during the Fire and Ice Festival in Sturgeon Bay Feb. 14 - 16. On Saturday, Feb. 15, a city-wide ice-carving competition by local artists and professional carvers takes place.  People can vote for their favorite sculpture in a People's Choice Award competition. Also, see ice carvings around town in Fish Creek during the area's 27th annual Fish Creek Winter Festival Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.  See February Calendar of Events.


Chic shopping : And while you are in Fish Creek, treat yourself to a luxury bath or skin care product at Bath, Body and Soul Essentials.  Home accents and clothing are also available.  City Farmer home and garden store, Ephraim, has some items marked 50% off (part of their annual inventory reduction sale).  For antiques lovers, Door County Traders has moved to an expanded store on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.


For arts lovers: In town Fish Creek is home to T&R Pottery showing functional and decorative pottery. And see our story below for a highlight in the Door County's performing arts scene.  

Something to do:    

Third Avenue Playhouse
launches Donna film fest

By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to  



Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP), Sturgeon Bay, hosts a Donna Winter Film Festival on select Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons through March 22. 


TAP is housed in the building formerly known as the Donna Theatre, which offered movies for Door County residents and visitors.


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The festival presents films in a variety of genres: science fiction, family movies, classics, romantic comedy, crime and more.  Still to come are:  


  • "To Kill a Mockingbird," 7 p.m. Jan. 18 starring Gregory Peck in an Oscar-winning performance as Atticus Finch, the principled lawyer raising his children and defending an African-American accused of murder. It's based on the best-selling novel by Harper Lee.  
  • "Back to the Future," 2 p.m. Jan 26, a comedy starring Michael J. Fox as a teenager accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by a scientist friend (Christopher Lloyd). While back in time, he makes sure his high school-age parents unite. 
  • "Pretty Woman," 7 p.m. Feb. 8, with Richard Gere as a cold businessman who hires a beautiful prostitute (Julia Roberts) to accompany him to social events-only to fall in love.    
  • "Dr. No," 7 p.m. March 15, the first part of the James Bond festival weekend at TAP.  It stars Sean Connery seeking answers in a case involving a missing colleague and the disruption of the American space program and Ursula Andress on the beach.   
  • "Goldfinger," 2 p.m. March 16, wraps up the Bond weekend with one of the most popular Bond films.  The master criminal tries to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.  
  • "Bonnie and Clyde," 7 p.m. March 22, the dramatic depiction of the famed '30s criminal pair that ushered in a new era in screen realism and how the "bad guys" are portrayed. It's directed by Arthur Penn and stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. 

TAP is located at 239 N. Third Ave.  Admission to the films is free, and donations are welcome. More information is available by calling TAP, 920/743-1760.

Door County Happenings


By Donna Marie Pocius

Special to


Things are happening now. Take a look:

CVS Pharmacy may open as early as this spring in a Sturgeon Bay location near Neighborhood Pub & Grill.


The Door County Community Auditorium Coffeehouse Concert Series will feature Jay Whitney, Pete Thelen and friends performing blues and rock music 7 p.m. Jan. 18.


Quilts are on display in an exhibition called "Beyond Comfort:  The Fine Art of Quilting," running through Feb. 25 at the Unitarian Newport Resort Banner Universalist Gallery in Ephraim.  Works are by members of the Trillium Quilt Guild of Sister Bay.


The Meadows Art Gallery at Scandia Village in Sister Bay is hosting an exhibit by five arts through Jan. 31.


Grammy award-winner Julie Gold will be in concert Jan. 25 at Southern Door Community Auditorium.


A winter concert series, sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center, will feature "Women with Spirit" Feb. 7 at Third Avenue Playhouse, and Peter Mulvey Feb. 28 at Caffe Tlazo in Algoma.